Textile Fragment with Flowers, Birds and Butterflies

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Seventeenth‑century silk velvets from the Safavid empire were popular commodities in Europe as well as the local market. Contemporary paintings and court chronicles show these rich fabrics as the desired material for clothing among Iranian aristocrats. This square fragment has four repetitions of a floral motif in a palette of blue, beige, and orange and may have lost some of its original bright colors over time.

Textile Fragment with Flowers, Birds and Butterflies, Silk, metal wrapped thread; cut and voided velvet

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